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Message posted on 11/02/2019

Reminder CfP Dynamics of Differentiation: Is the refugee/migrant distinction negotiable?

Apologies for cross-posting

Call for Papers =E2=80=93 deadline approaching: February 15

=20 Dynamics of Differentiation: Is the refugee/migrant distinction = negotiable? Workshop at the DGSKA/GAA-Conference at the University of Konstanz = =E2=80=9CThe End of Negotiations?=E2=80=9D = September = 29=E2=80=93October 2, 2019

Panel Convenors Eva K=C3=B6ssner, University of Vienna Monika Palmberger, University of Vienna; University of Leuven =20 In contemporary political discourse and everyday discussions, the = categories =E2=80=98migrant=E2=80=99 and =E2=80=98refugee=E2=80=99 are = often used in clear-cut ways, whereby the former is said to leave home = by choice while the latter does so under duress. However, now more than = ever before in history, the question of who actually is a migrant and = who a refugee seems to be decided on a case-by-case basis. It is thus a = matter of continuous negotiation between and among bureaucrats and = humanitarian agents, but also among the very subjects of these debates: = namely those with experiences of (forced) migration. =20 Among anthropologists who work in the fields of migration and refugee = studies the question of how to theorize the everyday practices of = enacting the refugee/migrant distinction has rarely been addressed. = However, the research that they instead engage in has risked reproducing = the distinction, since migration scholars and refugee scholars often = operate with distinct theoretical apparatuses and engage in different = scholarly debates. =20 In this panel, we aim to address these various dimensions of the = refugee/migrant distinction. We particularly invite papers that discuss = the tension between the importance and non-negotiability of the = refugee/migrant distinction in people=E2=80=99s life-worlds on the one = hand, and the fact that both labels are nevertheless the outcome of = continuous negotiations among various actors on the other. Questions = tackled may include: Why and under which circumstances do individuals = and groups stress their identities as migrants or refugees? How do these = terms circulate, transform and become manifested?

Moreover, we also invite papers that address methodological, = epistemological or ethical questions related to the refugee/migrant = distinction, by raising questions such as: What are possible = consequences of weakening or reproducing the refugee/migration = distinction? And, to what extent does choosing a refugee- or = migrant-lens affect the design, methodology and outcome of our research? =20 Please send an abstract of max. 1.200 characters (incl. spaces) and also = a short version of max. 300 characters (incl. spaces) directly to the = workshop organizers: eva.koessner@univie.ac.at = ; monika.palmberger@univie.ac.at =

=20 Deadline: February 15, 2019=20

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with = us.

Best wishes, Monika and Eva =20


Eva K=C3=B6ssner Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology=20 University of Vienna Universit=C3=A4tsstra=C3=9Fe 7 1010 Vienna eva.koessner@univie.ac.at

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